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Dubai utility makes good on high-profile commitment to electric vehicles by investing in its own fleet

DEWA's Green Charger stations will additionally be solar-powered – thereby emitting no greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
DEWA's Green Charger stations will additionally be solar-powered – thereby emitting no greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has added eight electric vehicles to its fleet, becoming the first government organisation in Dubai to use the technology in support of the emirate’s green development goals.

“The move supports the Smart Dubai initiative and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world, in line with the strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by 2021,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO, DEWA.

“We are confident that the infrastructure of charging stations will encourage the public and sectors in Dubai to deploy electric vehicles in its operations, and we hope individuals will also join the initiative gradually.”

DEWA has pledged to establish 100 electric vehicle charging stations by the end of the year – a goal which the organisation renewed its commitment to in August earlier this year.

DEWA expects to hit 100 charging station target

Al Tayer noted that DEWA has already completed its first phase with the opening of the first public charging station in February, along with 12 stations that can charge 24 vehicles at once at DEWA’s offices. A further four stations are installed in Dubai Silicon Oasis and the Dubai Design District.

In all, DEWA is setting up three types of charging stations: fast-charging stations that take 20-40 minutes will be installed at petrol stations; medium-charging stations take 2-4 hours and will be installed in shopping malls, parks, and offices; and home charging stations that take 6-8 hours to charge.

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